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Sitebuilder Desktop Fix

Sitebuilder Desktop Fix
We have some good news to share with our Sitebuilder Desktop customers! We found that the latest version was not compatible with the most recent updates, as a result we've made available a version that currently functions.

Even though the connection has been reestablished, we do highly recommended making a transition into Website Builder. The Desktop Software has not been updated for several years which means at any time this could possibly become an issue again. Any updates going forward will be focused on improving the new Website Builder experience for our customers.

Below are the instructions to obtain and install the working version assuming you are on Windows 7 or later:

  1. Install/repair Microsoft J# 2.0



  2. Using Windows control panel, uninstall Homestead Sitebuilder



  3. Use Windows explorer to locate the folder c:\program files(x86) and delete the folder Homestead.



  4. Locate the hidden folder c:\programdata. Inside the program data folder, rename the Homestead folder to Homesteadbackup.



  5. Log into your Homestead account



  6. Go to the Websites manager page



  7. Click the Download Sitebuilder link under the edit site button.





  8. Scroll to step 3 under the Troubleshooting section and click the indicated link





  9. Save the program to your hard drive



  10. Open your downloads folder and extract the files from the zip folder.



  11. Run the program SiteBuilderSetup.exe



  12. Log into desktop and select a site. Since you renamed the folder that contains the site files, desktop will download the published site. Then you can test publishing. I have not yet tried to rename the backup folder so this step is not necessary, so I advise you let Sitebuilder create the folder and download your sites.



  13. Try to publish a change and let us know if it worked.

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3 years ago

I saw this post from 4 days ago, is this a New Fix  for us Desktop users or the same from years ago? I used Cloudflare to get secure and it is working, I got stats for 3 days showing about 40 visitors daily and now it shows only my own and someone in Canada. if it wasn't working I would imagine I would see no one? any thoughts on that. I have not tried this fix posted I wanted to ask you first if it were a new one? thank you for your help, it's greatly appreciated 
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3 years ago

Hello Donna, 

This is in fact the same fix from awhile back. I see you are using Sitebuilder plus and cloudflare I would recommend continuing using everything as is. 

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3 years ago

I'm not quite sure how you can see I'm on Sitebuilder Plus?  not yet, I am using Desktop. when I used Cloudflare to secure my site your stats in Homestead worked for 3 days and now only I see Canada and myself as visitors when there are many other visitors.  I have tried Google Analytic for tracking and though it is immensely detailed I find it is not an easy to understand system, it's so detailed that for some of us that need simple tracking like how many visitors and what they are looking at, I'd need to take a comprehensive course. Your real tracker system for stats was easy and just about the amount of stats anyone could understand and follow. would the post of 4 days ago telling about a new fix, would that take care of the problem without me uploading more than 50 pages of my small collector website to SB+. Please, can you see if someone in tech dept can try to get the tracking working for the desktop users. that would be greatly appreciated by many.
thanks Donna

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3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled HELP - Sitebuilder has quit working. It will not Start in Windows 10. - HELP.

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I had this problem also. It was a Windows problem. I had a corrupted DLL file. While pulling my hair out and over a month of trying to figure it out, visiting numerous websites. I saw a posting about a corrupt DLL file. I bought a program ReImage, that repairs Windows (10). ran it and bingo! success. I've been back editing my website for over a month now without a hitch.
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Awesome, glad you were able to get this worked out. 

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3 years ago

I followed the suggested steps and it WORKS GREAT... THANKS A LOT...
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Perfect! Glad to hear this worked out. 

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3 years ago

I followed the step-by-step and... SUCCESS!! I tried for three days... and FINALLY a solution. Endless thanks... JPZ
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Great to hear, glad you were able to get it running. 

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I should mention that I use an old Dell tower running Windows Vista Home Premium for Sitebuilder. (I have an old Compaq laptop running Windows 7 for use as my Sitebuilder Plan B machine. I had been using Plan B for the past two days.)

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2 years ago

doesnt work

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What doesn't work? Have you also completed the steps in the other articles?

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2 years ago

 Since Homestead Sitebuilder can't be uninstalled since it isn't on my computer under programs (not under Homestead, not under Intuit, not under Sitebuilder);  NEXT.

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Hello,

The pages and files can be uploaded to Sitebuilder plus from the file manager on the desktop builder. Go to the file manager, select the pages, and click upload. Then the site can be edited in Sitebuilder plus from any device by logging into Homestead.com and clicking edit site from the websites manager tab. 

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1 year ago

After redesigning my site, I can't get any of my links to work. Will this fix repair it, and, will I be starting from scratch? I'm, also, unable to to rearrange the pages on my site.

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Hello, 

What links are you referring to?

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I have .mp3 files stored on Sitebuilder (File Manager), and, video files on YouTube. After I've added the links to them, and, try to access them later, I get an error message that the site can't be found.

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Ok, what I mean is: I took a look at your site and don't see any links that aren't working. So, what links specifically are you having trouble with?

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@elyzabethv

The links to video and audio files on my pages aren't working. It started 3 days ago, and, I've seen posts, from other people in the forum, that theirs stopped working at the same time, also.

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I see those areas of text and I see no links attached to them, but when I tested in Sitebuilder Plus, I was able to add links to that text. If you're using Sitebuilder Desktop to edit your site, this may be the issue. That builder is very old and outdated and we no longer support it. I definitely recommend you try adding the links you need through Sitebuilder Plus. 

In the other post that you commented on, that user realized it was actually his computer blocking him from opening the links and downloads, not a Homestead issue. 

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11 months ago

I needed to load Sitebuilder Desktop on a new laptop. I had all the previous install files. I tried to use the above instructions but received 404 errors. I was able to install with the install files I had previously download a few years ago. Starts up and needs to update to current SiteBuilder version and fails when I launch. I can use the software but cannot publish. How do I now get the current version 2014-09-06 that still works on my old laptop? I have installed Microsoft J#2.0 as I have in the past due to window updates.

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Hello, 

Unfortunately, if these instructions aren't able to help you download the program, we don't have any other troubleshooting as we no longer support the builder program. This builder is old and outdated and doesn't work with a lot of updated operating systems.

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Ok thanks. I just thought it odd that the links provided in the fix are deadends - 404

Fortunately, for now, I will use my old laptop to update our website until we move to another website platform

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What link is showing a 404?

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@elyzabethv​ in step 8 above the and highlighted below - both the download and zip file give a 404

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this the link from my dashboard

https://www.homestead.com/~site/Scripts_SiteManager/SiteManager.dll?CMD=CMDDownloadPage

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